Bipartisan Helping Hands For The USO


Now here’s a form of bipartisanship I can wholeheartedly agree with:

On Capitol Hill yesterday [Wednesday, 9 February], more than a dozen members of Congress attended the USO Care Package for Women Stuffing Party in the first floor foyer of the Rayburn House, where 2,000 specially-designed female care packages were filled.

In total, 18 members of Congress attended the three-hour event, including many members of the USO Congressional Caucus. These members joined USO leadership, leadership from USO corporate sponsors, USO volunteers and other staffers from congressional offices around the Hill to bring “a little bit of home” to female troops overseas.

Congress has participated in the bi-annual USO Care Package Stuffing Party for seven consecutive years since the USO Congressional Caucus was first established. Yesterday, however, the care packages were specially designed to include female razors, feminine hygiene items, and fragranced soap in addition to the standard “unisex” care items such as phone cards, coffee, reading material and snacks.

To open the event, USO President Sloan Gibson shared some remarks about the service and the specific sacrifice of American women serving in uniform. His remarks were followed by similar sentiments by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), and Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam, pictured at left with Rep. Mike McIntyre [D-NC]).

God bless ’em, and our troops too.

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3 responses to “Bipartisan Helping Hands For The USO”

  1. 49erDweet says :

    As long as we all understand this was essentially a scripted photo op and had no other utilitarian worthiness I’m up for dat.

    The publicity about the USO is great. Why having a gender specific focus is a little weird, though. Just a few generations ago women were fighting for the opportunity to belong in the military. Now they do. So now we need to publicly acknowledge that women make a “specific sacrifice” when they join. That’s true.

    But by preparing “special” kits for women what does that say about equality? Some have more equality than others? I believe that is a subject the USO could have handled without comment, but by bringing it into a special focus they expose the first lie.

    Women and men are not “equal”. Men are not “equal”. All of us have varied strengths, weaknesses, needs and wants. We are all differant sizes, for crying out loud We lie when we deny our inequality.

    Where we are [or should be] is equal is in our rights. But sadly, for several decades now some have enjoyed more equal rights than others. Unless exposed and expunged soon, this elephant in the room will eventually do us all in. Probably too many “professionals” are too heavily invested in ensuring unequal equal rights remain in our culture, for to thrive . .

  2. 49erDweet says :

    Agreed.

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